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New berling as electricians van?
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Any sparks on here using the mk3 berlingo? How do you find it? How much gear do you carry? Any pics of the storage / racking would be useful.

Thinking of going on my own and buying a newish berlingo as they seem good value for money.

Going from a vivaro I realise it's a big downsize but most of my vivaro at the mo is empty space!
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(04-01-2014, 05:35 PM)ash_s3 Wrote:  Any sparks on here using the mk3 berlingo? How do you find it? How much gear do you carry? Any pics of the storage / racking would be useful.

Thinking of going on my own and buying a newish berlingo as they seem good value for money.

Going from a vivaro I realise it's a big downsize but most of my vivaro at the mo is empty space!

I'm an electrician and use this van. Works fine for me. Ply lined with 6mm ply then some homemade shelving from 18mm ply and a few hooks.
I carry loads of stuff (including telescopic ladder and stepladder) in it and so far it's working well. I also installed a mesh bulkhead and cut out a section which lines up with the leftmost fold-flat seat, so I can fit long lengths of trunking/conduit/etc. I can then still have 2 seats as well!

I will try to post a pic as soon as I get time, but I'm off to work for next 2 days.

All in all, it gets my vote as an electricians van and there's always a roof rack which I never bothered with.
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#3
you can get pre cut wooden shelving storage kits off ebay, my guv got some in his transporter, they look really good
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#4
friend of mine is an electrician and has a false floor fitted, the space of about 4" deep allows couple of step ladders to slid in, which before he had to pull alot of stuff out of the way to get ladders out
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#5
I'm a plumber and it works fine for me too !

The shelving kits on ebay etc are a lot of money for what they are in my opinion.

If your handy you can make your own for a lot less and tailor them to suit your needs.

I do like the false floor idea , I have seen them installed and they work well , storage but you still have a load space :thumbsup:

jon
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#6
Hi again,
The photo is my van. The DIY wooden shelving and lockable cabinet cost £28 for the 18mm exterior plywood and the ply lining kit was bought online.

I can lock the ladders, workmate etc using the steel cable and whilst the lockable cabinet is not ultra secure, it delays any thief, whilst the alarm is going off! My toolbags & drills all fit in there with room to spare.

I have loads of storage space up on the big shelf, leaving nearly half the floor for whatever…First aid kit goes on the back door, coats & stuff on hooks.

It works for me and by fitting shelving, it stops "friends" from asking me to move furniture around, as it won't go in!!! :whistle:

Good luck in your decision.


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(07-01-2014, 01:06 PM)Argos69 Wrote:  Hi again,
The photo is my van. The DIY wooden shelving and lockable cabinet cost £28 for the 18mm exterior plywood and the ply lining kit was bought online.

I can lock the ladders, workmate etc using the steel cable and whilst the lockable cabinet is not ultra secure, it delays any thief, whilst the alarm is going off! My toolbags & drills all fit in there with room to spare.

I have loads of storage space up on the big shelf, leaving nearly half the floor for whatever…First aid kit goes on the back door, coats & stuff on hooks.

It works for me and by fitting shelving, it stops "friends" from asking me to move furniture around, as it won't go in!!! :whistle:

Good luck in your decision.

Thanks bud, what kind of work do you mainly do? I'm using a vivaro at the moment, there's lots of room in the back but would rather the better mpg of the berlingo!
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(16-01-2014, 09:46 PM)ash_s3 Wrote:  Thanks bud, what kind of work do you mainly do? I'm using a vivaro at the moment, there's lots of room in the back but would rather the better mpg of the berlingo!
Sorry for delay. I do mostly domestic work on the "no job too small" basis. Wish my workload was better but it comes in busy bits with a few days of nothing in between. Sometimes wonder if it's still cost effective. People don't realise how many hundreds of quids it costs annually to keep " Part P" registered & inspected! Confusedcratch:
Anyway, so far I haven't struggled for space in the van, but don't go believing all the advertising about Blingo mpg. I know this might spark a "mine's better than yours" contest amongst those who enjoy that sort of thing, but my best ever mpg is 51mpg and worst was 37mpg. Each taken with van kitted out, over a week's worth of fuel, mixed local/motorway driving & aircon usually left off. Dealer once said if I got more than 50mpg regularly, I'd be the first, or not calculating it properly. "Don't trust the onboard computer" he said…… reassuringly! :eek:
But……I actually LIKE the van and that's my non-scientific deciding factor.
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Im a fire protection business. Mine is ply lined and i have fitted a wooden panel in the centre which has compartmented the van. I then purchased one of these and fitted in the back. And roof bars on top for my steps

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